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In Memorium: Longtime NSBP member, Dr. Desmond Saunders-Newton

from NSBP

Desmond Saunders-Newton, "Dez", passed on Nov. 24 after a brief illness. He was co-chair of the NSBP section on History, Policy and Education. Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Saunders-Newton earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Lawrence University in 1985. From there, he began his career of applying quantitative techniques to social science and policy problems. He attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree in 1987. In 1993 he earned MPhil and Ph.D. degrees in computational policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. After his postdoctoral research associate positions, he worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was then selected to be an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow where he was the Science Adviser to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Systems and Concepts. His follow-on assignments were with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Defense University Center for Social Science Computing. From 2005-2009 he was Director, Social Computation & Complexity at BAE Systems Advanced Information Technologies and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Dez was a unique and vibrant personality, who as a physicist, took on atypical scholarly pursuits. He is survived by his wife and two children and countless friends and colleagues. more


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